05/11/2020: COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

COVID-19 Coronavirus Response Update

May 11, 2020
I hope everyone had a restful weekend and enjoyed reconnecting (safely!) with family on Mother’s Day.
This week’s telephone town hall meeting will be with Lt. Gov. Josh Green — details below. The U.S. House is preparing its next COVID-19 emergency assistance bill, and I will return to Washington soon as we review the bill and prepare to vote on it. 
If you are in need of assistance, please call me at (808) 541-1986 or email me at TulsiOffice@mail.house.gov.
Mahalo and be well,
Tulsi Gabbard
Member of Congress (HI-02)

Tele-Town Hall This Wednesday with Lt. Gov Josh Green

Lt. Gov. Josh Green will be joining me on this week’s telephone town hall this Wednesday at 4 p.m. We will provide updates on what’s happening in Hawai‘i and nationally, and answer your questions. You can sign up for this and upcoming tele-town hall meetings by visiting my website today!
Telephone Town Hall | COVID-19 Update # 9
Wednesday, May 13 at 4:00 p.m. Hawai‘i Time

VA Helps Homeless Veterans Through CARES Act

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced last week that it has expanded support services enabled by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, to make available immediate relief for Veterans experiencing or at risk of homelessness during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The CARES Act allocates $17.2 billion for the Veterans Health Administration, $300 million of which will be used this fiscal year to address the challenges faced by homeless and at-risk Veterans.

COVID-19 Hawai‘i News

Testing in Hawai‘i — There were 5 new cases and 0 additional COVID-19 related deaths over the weekend, including today. To date, there are 634 individuals in Hawai‘i who have tested positive for COVID-19. Of the 634 cases, 17 have died and 81 remain hospitalized and 561 have been released from isolation. There have been 38,042 lab tests conducted as of May 10.
STARTING TODAY: DLIR Starts Alphabetical System for Filing UI Claims — The state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) is kicking off an alphabetical system for filing unemployment insurance claims to help ease the strain on its system and streamline the process. Those whose last name starts with the letters:
  • A through G should file on Mondays.
  • H through O should file on Tuesdays.
  • P through Z should file on Wednesdays.


If you missed your day, everyone can file on Thursdays through Sunday.

The hours to file are Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. On weekends and holidays, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
HUD Gets CARES Act Funds to Hawai‘i for Housing — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the allocation of a third wave in CARES Act coronavirus relief funding. This wave totaling $1 billion is through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. To date, HUD has provided over $3 billion in CDBG funding nationwide to help communities acutely combat coronavirus and alleviate economic hardship. In the latest round of funding, Hawai‘i will receive over $5 million with $975,851 going to Hawai‘i County, $261,137 to Kaua‘i County, $698,280 to Maui County, and $3,081,677 to the City and County of Honolulu.
Grantees may select from more than 25 eligible CDBG activities to shape their local programs to meet their needs, including:
  • A wide range of public services to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, such as providing food and health services for low-income elderly persons and children;
  • Small business assistance or emergency housing payments for entities and families impacted by economic and housing market disruptions; or
  • Acquisition and rehabilitation of structures for health facilities, food banks, or public improvements needed to support community coronavirus response, preparation, or prevention. For example, grants may assist improvements to heating, ventilation, and air conditioning in a local grocery store to protect employees and shoppers, or alterations to neighborhood business district sidewalks and facades to enable curbside pick-up or social distancing.


Kaua‘i County Food Distribution — This past Saturday, Kaua‘i hosted the first of a series of 4 food distribution events to help fight food insecurity in the County. The event at Vidinha Stadium distributed nearly 500 packages of food for those in need. The next three events are scheduled for:
  • Sat., May 16 at the Hanapēpē Neighborhood Center
  • Sat., May 23 at the Bryan Baptiste Kapa‘a Ballpark
  • Sat., May 30 on the North Shore


Maui County Resources to Fight Food Insecurity — As the public health crisis continues, many residents have felt the strain of uncertainty brought on by the circumstances and measures put in place to help prevent the spread of the virus including stay-at-home orders, social distancing rules, etc. which have impacted business and jobs. The County of Maui’s COVID-19 response website includes a webpage dedicated to helping those who need food assistance. Check out the site for resources available to the County’s residents.


Testing Sites and DLIR UI Information

Hawai‘i Island
Check out the County of Hawai‘i’s COVID-19 webpage for which lists over a dozen testing sites which are regularly open (see schedules).
Pahoa District Park
Wed., May 13 ONLY, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
15-3022 Kauhale Street, Pahoa 96778
Premier Medical Group
Mon., May 18 ONLY, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Hoolulu Complex (Civic), Hilo 96720
Waimea District Park
Fri., May 15 ONLY, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Ala Ohia Road, Waimea 96743
Maui County
While no drive-thru testing sites have been announced yet for tomorrow, you can visit the County’s website for other testing sites on Maui, Moloka‘i, and Lānaʻi.
City and County of Honolulu
No testing sites have been announced, but you can check out the City and County of Honolulu’s dedicated COVID-19 information webpage.
Kaua‘i County
Daily @ Wilcox Medical Center 
Monday-Friday @ Kaua‘i Veterans Memorial Hospital
Kapa‘a | Details (video update)
Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Kaua‘i Medical Clinic
Unemployment Insurance Compensation Claims — Here is a rundown of the new resources that the Hawai‘i Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DLIR) is making available to assist individuals filing unemployment insurance compensation claims.
General Website
Application for Determination of Insured Status
Unemployment Benefits Claim Status
Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
Newly Out of Work Unemployment Claim: (808) 762- 5752
If You Have Filed Unemployment Before: (808) 762-5751
Unemployment Office Call Center: (833) 901-2275
O‘ahu Claims Office: ​dlir.ui.oahu@hawaii.gov
Hilo Claims Office: ​dlir.ui.hilo@hawaii.gov
Kona Claims Office: dlir.ui.kona@hawaii.gov
Maui Claims Office: ​dlir.ui.maui@hawaii.gov
Kaua‘i Claims Office: dlir.ui.kauai@hawaii.gov
Individuals who would like to have their claim backdated (the backdate will be for their first week of less than full employment due to COVID-19): dlir.ui.backdate@hawaii.gov
Individuals who have received an email, letter or other message (screenshot) that says that they are disqualified from UI:​ dlir.ui.disqualified@hawaii.gov
Individuals who would like to request language assistance from UI (the interpretation services would be provided free of charge and via telephone): dlir.ui.languageassistance@hawaii.gov

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